Protecting Our Elections

Back in August, I released an ‘Arizona Voter Bill of Rights’ that will be used in my administration to strengthen election integrity.

It is essential to our Republic that voters have absolute confidence in the fairness and integrity of our elections.

From Democrat officials manipulating voting procedures to judges changing deadlines at the last second, last year’s mess made it obvious that our state’s election laws need to be clearer, more objective, and more enforceable.

One person, one vote, counted with unwavering transparency — that’s what Arizonans need moving forward.

I.
Permanently ban ballot harvesting as local and national Democrats are seeking to allow it.

II.
Require voter identification for all ballots, including mail-in ballots.

III.
Poll watchers must be afforded adequate access to monitor the process.

IV.
Expand live-streaming from tabulation to duplication, early ballot processing, signature curing and polling places, with safeguards to protect the secret ballot.

V.
Prohibit last-minute gamesmanship and rules changes. All plans, policies, and procedures must be finalized at least 60 days before Election Day.

VI.
Every candidate should have standing to enforce every procedural rule in his or her election.

VII.
Wait times at polling places should not exceed one hour. The distribution of polling places should match the distribution of likely voters, so that no neighborhood is likely to experience unusually long or short wait times.

VIII.
Counties must maintain documentation establishing a secure and unbroken chain of custody for every cast ballot and all electronic devices and storage media used in the election.

IX.
Anyone who wants a hand-count of the ballots can get it, if they are willing to pay the associated costs.

X.
If an election official intentionally violates an election law, he or she must be permanently banned from administering elections in Arizona.

“It is essential to our Republic that voters have absolute confidence in the fairness and integrity of our elections. From Democrat officials manipulating voting procedures to judges changing deadlines at the last second, last year’s mess made it obvious that our state’s election laws need to be clearer, more objective, and more enforceable. One person, one vote, counted with unwavering transparency — that’s what Arizonans need moving forward.”

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